Two things you need to consider for each section of a song (and possibly the song as a whole) is its form and function.
Form, as we talked about, is its structure. The function is what it intends to do (act as a verse, be a chorus, summarize, detail, etc.)
As you are brainstorming and starting your rough draft, it would be wise to keep them in find.
For example: say you wanted to write a country song. Your function is that you want a country song. So, what are some typical forms of country songs? How are verses and choruses stylistic in the country genre?
Similarly, say you wanted to delay the arrival to the chorus. That is the function in mind. Your form that would come after would be to use one of those tools we’ve talked about by adding a fifth line to a verse.
Now for the opposite process. Say you have a music section with four lines that have a rhyme pattern of XAXA and mention the song’s title. You most certainly have the form, but now it is time to decide on the function. Does the section work better as a verse or chorus? How about a bridge if we edit it?
As you are writing you draft, ask yourself “how can I craft the form to fit the function I want,” as well as “how can this form work and function in a song?”
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